Why pay for what you can get free at a public school or charter school.
My family found Ave Maria after a terrible year in Aurora public schools for my daughter in 3rd grade. I am proud to tell everybody that I know that both of my children attend Ave Maria Catholic School because it is a wonderful, enriching, and academically strong school. We are in our second year of attending Ave, and our children have received nothing but the absolute best education from every teacher at this school. The combined challenging academics and religion that all children receive at Ave is truly priceless.
We are very happy at Ave Maria. The quality of education is outstanding and I know if my children, one in third and one in eighth grade, need any assistance, the staff is always there to help. The administration does a great job of communicating and being available to parents. The families are welcoming and warm. We are thrilled with Ave and are grateful to be a part of this loving, faith filled community.
Administration is just a group of bullies. I thought they represented the values of the Catholic church, far from the truth. My family and I have only encountered deceit and a disregard of humility. Don't be fooled with the ideas of Common Core. The core is just setting the education bar at a lower level so everyone can achieve the minimum. Is that all we want for our children, don't we want more than a subpar education at a private/parochial school price.
We are so pleased to be a part of this community! We moved here from out of state and our children transitioned easily into this school. The academics exceeded our expectations! The faculty and staff and so friendly, as well as, the parents and students. We are so happy we ended up here at Ave!
So proud to be part of this community! Both the parish and the school leadership is outstanding and work in unison. The teachers are so professional and friendly. Most importantly, my children are extremely happy!
Ave Maria Catholic School has been home to my 3 children since 2006. I must say the academics are challenging, however, you have to expect that given that they are a private school. The staff is very friendly, if you think that you or your child are above the rules and are considering Ave Maria, do not enroll your child here, enroll them elsewhere as everyone is held accountable for their actions. Everyone from parents, staff, to students are expected to model Jesus Christ. Most classes are full to capacity, that should speak for itself because if this was not a stellar school than it would be suffering in enrollment. Picking up in carline is difficult, dropping off in the morning is easier. My other complaint is the high tuition, however, they do have financial assistance available. In the end, it is worth every penny if you want your child to be well rounded academically, spiritually, and socially. I would never think of sending my children anywhere else and I live quite far away! I credit Ave Maria as the reason why my children have the tools that they need to succeed both in and out of school!
The school facilities and some teachers are very good, and there is excellent parent participation, however the administrative staff, and especially the principal at this school, are very poor. Funds from fund raising efforts are mismanaged and not spent as directed by the donor, as an example $40,000 was raised for proximity boards in all the classrooms and have not been installed a year later. Test scores remain high because they do not allow low scoring students to enroll. The math program is below average in terms of content. I thought the environment would be nurturing, spiritual and steeped in Catholic tradition. Instead we found it to be very judgmental and arbitrary in terms of how students are handled. On average girls are treated with lenience and the program mostly caters to their learning. Boys are not tolerated well here by the principal and some teachers. Hopefully someday the priest at the parish or someone from the diocese will come to see the light and make the necessary changes.
If I could give this school Zero stars, I would. There are some decent teachers at this school but as other parents have mentioned, the principal at this school is poor at setting an expectations for communication while also being too inefficient and ineffective. She is not a leader. It is the only school my kids have attended where the teachers are arriving and leaving when carline drop off is happening. I do hope the clergy at Ave Maria Catholic Church will finally take action. We need decent Catholic education choices in Douglas County and Ave Maria does not provide what we need. The building is adequate and there are good teachers. But the administration seems to leave parents in the dark and there seems to be no desire for this school to attempt to be excellent.
Ave Maria is a wonderful school! It is an environment where my children have continued to learn and thrive in. My oldest is a recent graduate of Ave. She now attends Regis Jesuit High School where she is ranked in the top 10% of her class which I attribute greatly to her education at Ave Maria. The teachers and administration at Ave are amazing and truly care about their students. My kids are all known on a first name basis even by teachers they never had. I have seen Ave really prosper over the last 5 years which is when our current principal started . Ave Maria continues to grow bigger and better every year. It is a great school and community.
This school is one of the most unfriendly places for families,odd since it is a school. The admin inacts policies like closed practices for all sports, with NO explanation. You as a parent, are not allowed to monitor what is going on while YOUR child is practicing! They have started renting out the gym to adult league teams during the practice times of the school children. This has forced the kids to go and pay for other places to practice. A second road was created over the summer with the intention of helping with the massive congestion during car line. The problem again, with no explanation, you have to have a child or children in 4th grade and up to use the road/drop off in that location. So if you have 1 child in 4 th grade and another in 2nd, you could go through car line twice, we all have time for that in the morning don't we! You could use the original line for both kids and wait 15mins everyday just to get through. While the new road/drop off is under used because it is off limits to more than half the school. This admin is equally unfriendly and not open to suggestion for improvement in ANY area! All this frustration and you haven't even entered the school.
My child was evaluated for a first grade spot. He has done well in a private kindergarten setting and his teacher feels he is ready for first grade. He had an "assessment" for readiness for first grade (for $150) and we were told he was right at the borderline for readiness with a score of 61 (even though it is only February of his Kindergarten year). We were told that they spoke to his current teacher and everyone was in agreement that he is not ready for first grade, although the teacher told us he would be bored if he had to repeat kindergarten. He was turned down for any spot at the school, including kindergarten which they said was "full". I feel the manner that this was done ( in conflict with his current teacher's opinion) and the $150 charge to be told he cannot attend the school was not in keeping with the spirit of Catholic education. I guess someone who does not meet their "high academic standards" is not welcome at this school. Does not seem to meet the catholic tradition.
Our family has attend Ave for a couple years. Having to move on short notice from out of state, left little time to invetigate schools. Our children have always attended Catholic school. We will not be returning to Ave next year. Most of the problems at this school stem from the administration. They are unprofessional and completely disorganized. Parents are given little information as to the daily activities and running of the school. The information that is given is more often than not, incomplete and at the last minute. Their tution is the highest in the area and Ave has the least to offer. Ave has minimal clubs and activities. Every other week has some sort of fundraising and parents are never told or see where the money goes. The classrooms with computers are out of date or broken. You pay large fees (like for books) at this school on top of the regular tution, yet many classes have NO books. Please take the time and really research the school you plan on going to. Any Catholic school should be getting better reviews than the surrounding public schools. We have been absolutley disappointed!
There is nothing at this school that justifies a tuition let alone one over $5,000. This school has some WONDERFUL teachers and some that have no right working with children. If you are wanting a Catholic education, look elsewhere! There is little to NO faith formation done at this school. There is also an obvious friction between the school and parish. The administration chooses to ignore extensive problems like bullying. Save your money and go to your neighborhood public school, you will have the same experience for free.
I attended Ave Maria for 9 years and in 2010, I continued onto Regis Jesuit after being accepted with distinction. During my time at Ave I made some of the best friends anyone could ask for. Even a year after continuing, we are still close. In addition, Ave prepared me for the academic workload and and the high expectations at Regis. The teachers at Ave are exceptional and their enthusiasm is contagious. The material they taught was challenging without being cumbersome. The uniform code seems strict, but in reality it simplifies mornings and it helps us to look past superficial things like clothing. Overall, my time at Ave Maria was incredible and I wouldn't have traded it for the world.
Our daughter transferred there starting in 6th grade. They had concerns that she wouldn't keep up coming over from the public schools (where she got acceptable grades) and due to the fact that she is dyslexic. She has access to accomodations due to her learning disability, but rarely has to take advantage of them. She has absolutely excelled at Ave Maria, consistently getting straight A's even with their stringent grading scale. It is not without hardwork, though. I don't understand the comments I've read about no homework, as she works very hard in and out of the classroom. It has been a great environment. The girls all get along with no cliques or pettiness. They support each other in athletics, whether they make a good play or a bad one. We're very happy we chose Ave over the public school system for middle school.
My child has attended Ave Maria since 2008. We started Kindergarten there and she is in the second grade now. We have had problems at this school. I feel there is too loose an administration and it runs like a sorority house. The parents of the students are amazing, and keep the school moving forward. But, there is a lack of interest in seeing their students grow. I sent my child to Ave Maria with the hopes of having her in a loving and nurturing environment for education and growth. Ave Maria runs no different than any run of the mill public school. I am transferring my child out of Ave Maria after the end of this school year. We are considering either Trinity Lutheran, or Highland's Ranch Christian.
This is our 3rd year at Ave Maria and I have to say we are pleased with the education and recent implementation of the Core Knowledge Curriculum. The PreK and elementary programs are separate. However, we found the PreK , with a all day, everyday option to be a wonderful program for our child and a good way to transition from PreK to Kinder. The staff are very professional, skilled, caring and spiritual people. As with all Catholic Schools it is not for every child/family, the academics are accelerated and homework is expected. Do not expect a Spanish program (fluency), a special needs or a gifted and talented program. There is religion. Bottom line is that the school is still small enough that it is a family. Students can attend there K-8 until most of them (95%) move onto Regis, Mullen, or Valor. This is good enough proof for us that the children are learning beyond counterparts. Our child loves it too and the majority of parents have the same values regarding education, religion and school involvement (those that don't write negative reviews and leave). Discipline problems are at a minimum. Parents are all expected to volunteer.
This school has grown so much since opening 10 years ago. There are a few exceptions, but in general the teachers are outstanding...both from a caring and instructional perspective. The facilities are improving with the construction of a gym. Parent involvement is incredible. Teachers are able to teach because they aren't spending all their time disciplining students. The school also just adopted the Core Knowledge curriculum.
The staff is absolutely fantastic. We have have 5 children in this school and have been there for several years now. The development of our children year over year has been remarkable. We came from another private school and have been impressed with the level of committment from the parents, teachers, staff and the community. We would strongly recommend this school to anyone seeking an educational environment that touches the heart, mind and soul of their children.
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